A Few Reasons Why

Just because its wintertime, doesn’t mean you can’t look cute. Sometimes it’s easier to throw on some sweatpants and t-shirt because let’s face it, when it’s cold and dreary outside, all you want is to feel comfortable and warm. But that is possible, all it takes is a little bit of planning. What motivates you to look your best everyday? Comment below, I would love to hear about it. I know I have a much better day when I am put together and wearing something cute. So grab your favorite knee high boots and a warm sweater dress like this one from Fashion Nova, and begin your day of right.

A few reasons why it’s important to dress nice…

1. Life is short. Looking your best =feeling your best and that goes for anyone. Taking care of yourself means you love yourself, and that’s extremely important. No one will take better care of YOU, than YOU.

2. Fashion is a chance to express your inner beauty. Why hold yourself back? Show the world what you have to offer.

3. You ARE beautiful. Why conceal it?

4. You never know who you will run into. I’m not saying you have to wear your fanciest dress, or have a pound of makeup on your face, a cute outfit and put together hair is always pleasant. Be yourself and follow your own standards.

Here are a few reasons I’m obsessed-with this dress. First of all its very form fitting which I prefer when choosing clothing. The fabric is stretchy and non constricting which is great, I feel like I am wearing a second skin. The color is light and easy to accessorize. And lastly the dress is extremely soft. I feel wintertime is a season where wearing soft, comfortable clothes is key. I hate waking up and having to overthink what I will wear that day. So having a few warm dresses makes my life much simpler.

My boots are from Nordstrom Rack. I really love wearing knee high boots because I can combine them with dresses, jeans or shorts. These are by Kenneth Cole and I love the slits at the back giving it an edge. Usually whenever I buy knee highs, I always have a problem with the tops sliding down. But these are excellent in staying up on my thighs.

Since the weather has been on and off here in LA, one day its cold and the next extremely warm, I try and purchase clothing that can be used for a variety of seasons, and in case it is cold, you can always throw on a jacket and you’ll be good to go.

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Keep Your Skin Hydrated with Vitamin E

As much as I love winter weather, cold air always dries my skin out. Finding products that hydrate my skin without leaving it feeling oily or heavy is always a challenge. Luckily, The Body Shop has a skin care line which does both. The Vitamin E has several products which can be used together or separately depending on your needs.

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Let’s begin with the face wash. The consistency is gel like with a light scent. It foams really nicely when mixed with a bit of water leaving your skin feeling soft and dewy. Don’t be afraid of using it daily as the formula is very gentle on the skin.Next we have the Hydrating Toner. Let me tell you, no matter how diligently you wash your face, traces of makeup and oils are still left behind. Toners also assist in shrinking pores, and restoring the pH balance after washing your face. Even the most gentle cleaner have the tendency to dry out your skin so restoring the balance quickly is important so your skin doesn’t freak out and start overproducing oil.This night cream is by far my favorite. Although it has a thick consistency, I don’t feel any heaviness the following morning. It absorbs well into the skin leaving my face silky soft in the morning.Last but not least, under eye cream. I personally have always experienced dark circles under my eyes, whether it is from lack of sleep or I am just genetically predisposed to puffy eyes, who knows. But the fact is they aren’t attractive and applying the cream before bed reduces the puffiness in the morning leaving me much happier.If you enjoyed reading this post give it a 👍

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Find Your Motivation and Run With It (Inspiration)

 

Life changing book leads to life changing actions.

In the past, I would prevent myself from achieving what I want because of two things. One I wasn’t sure what I wanted, and two, I didn’t know how to get there. I would feel uneasy and not follow through with most things, start different projects and then just give up when things didn’t go how I planned. Afterwards, I would feel even worse for giving up. One day a friend gave me a great book called “The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation” This book turned my mindset completely around and let me tell you why.

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After reading the first few pages, I instantly became inspired. The book described all the scenarios I was feeling. I then realized I wanted to better myself, to become a more compassionate person, to feel in control of my life rather than feeling overwhelmed.

Step one, I began by taking a few minutes out of my day to meditate: mediate in my own way, because everyone can take a big idea and apply it to their own lives. I remember many nights I would have anxiety, my mind racing faster and faster, all the worries in the world consuming me. The stress of graduating college, working two jobs,the lack of time to pursue my passion which is dancing and so forth. I would wake up the following morning groggy and sleep deprived, dreading having to face another day.

When I started reading this book, I decided to give the ideas in it a try. What was the worst that could happen? One concept this book stresses is meditation and the benefits it provides. So before bed, I would sit down, close my eyes and attempt to clear my mind. Just sit and focus on my breathing, which wasn’t easy, still isn’t easy. Every second various thoughts would creep into my mind. But I was determined, and although it’s still not easy to completely clear my mind, meditating has helped me relax and feel calmer. Afterwards, any time I felt my life spinning out of control, I would close my eyes and just breath. Shortly after, I began challenging myself to improve the little things which adversely impacted my life. Things I didn’t pay attention to or just chose to ignore. Slowly, but surely things in my life began to change. I began to change. This book did not give me any kind of power or magic. It simply opened up my eyes to the fact that everyone change their life in little or big ways. Its all about finding the motivation to do so. Today I can happily say that I am pursuing what I love no matter how difficult or challenging it may be. I hope you too can find what motivates you in whatever aspect of life you need whether it is to finish school, find a job which will make you happier or even improve your interpersonal relationships. Thank you so much for reading.

Let me know in the comments below what your motivation is, I would love to hear about it.

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Winter Look

Happy December!

Who else loves this time of the year? The weather is finally crisp and cool, the leaves are changing color, and now is the perfect time for hot chocolate and holiday shopping. With that being said, it is officially Sweater Weather. My current favorite are the cowl neck sweaters and here is why…

1. They cover my neck completely so I don’t need to wear a scarf, although scarves are probably my favorite accessory so I don’t mind it at all.

2. They are thick and warm, without the constricted feeling as turtlenecks tend to do.

3. You can pair them up with almost anything, whether you are wearing jeans or a miniskirt, you will look put together while staying warm at the same time.

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This particular cowl neck is currently my favorite. It is super soft and does not have the scratchy feeling some sweaters have. But what I love the most about it, is the slit in the back and the ribbons 🎀 lacing the sweater together in the back. It gives the look a bit more dimension and femininity. The color is a light grey with black ribbons in the back. I combined the sweater with a pair of dark wash jeans and booties for a casual look. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post! 💕 Give it a like and comment below what’s you favorite winter look ❄️

10 Holiday Gifts on a Budget

We all know that holiday shopping can get quite expensive. Buying presents for friends, family, and coworkers can be a challenge. Here are 10 gift ideas if you are on a budget this holiday season. After all it’s the thought that matters. 

1. Homemade gifts:

Don’t underestimate the power of a homemade gift. If you have a talent such as soap-making, knitting, baking feel free to use your talent this holiday season. I love receiving homemade candle or homemade baked goods or bracelets. It warms my heart more than a store-bought gifts..

2. Himalayan Salt Lamp

Not only is it a cute decorative piece, but Himalayan salt lamps also cleanse the air you breath. 

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Price: $13.95

3. Toiletry Bag/Makeup Organizer/Cosmetic Bag/Portable Travel 

Holidays=traveling. At some point in time we all travel,  whether it is international or another town keeping your toiletries organized and accessible is  important for a stress free trip. This organizer comes with several compartments allowing you to

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Price: $15.99

4. Aromatherapy

Who doesn’t need a little aromatherapy during the holiday season.? After all, it can get a little hectic with the hustle and bustle of buying gifts, decorating the house making Christmas dinner.  Whether you need sleep, or more energy, these therapeutic body wash and lotion from Bath and Body Works will brighten up your day.

Aromatherapy Sleep - Lavender & Cedarwood Sweet Dreams Gift Set - Bath And Body Works Aromatherapy Energy - Orange & Ginger Shine Bright Gift Set - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Happiness - Bergamot & Mandarin Be Happy Gift Set - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Focus - Eucalyptus & Tea Stay Focused Gift Set - Bath And Body Works

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Price: $21.50/Set of 2

5. Bath robe

Coming down on Christmas morning to open up the gifts in a warm furry bathrobe is the best feeling in the world. After a long night staying warm and cozy is important. This bathrobe is from Forever 21 and I love the little ears on top.

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Price: $24.90

Don’t forget one for your significant other, or friend. This fleece bathrobe from Target is a great option, it is reasonably priced and the quality is great.  

Price:
 $34.99

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6. Planner/ MyLifeUNIT Fineliner Color Pen Set

Right after Christmas comes the New Year. That means planning New Year’s resolutions, making plans and goals, writing down homework assignments for the new semester.  What better way to do that than in a cute planner. With the planner include a few multi colored pens to complete the set.

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Price: $13.49

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7. Storage water bottle

When you are working out, carrying too many items around can be a drag. So why not combine the two. This two in one water bottle includes a compartment where you can store cash, car key or credit card.

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Price: $12.99 

8. Phone charging case: 

A necessity for all those cute holiday selfies you are planning to take. Batteries die quickly especially when pictures and videos are snapped nonstop. It is the holidays after all, you have to snap as many pictures with family members and friends as possible.  

Price: $26.99

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9. Martini maker set

For that friend that loves making all types pf drinks, this martini maker is especially cute because it comes in a red box which will keep everything neat and organized. 

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Price: $22.99

10. AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit

Completely essential item that can be given to virtually everyone. Roadside emergencies happen and having the tools to fix that emergency is vital. I cannot stress enough how many times my car battery died or I had a flat tire and a kit like this saved me from wasting hours waiting for a tow truck. Your friend or family member will not be able to thank you enough when the situation arises and they need to jump-start their vehicle. 

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Price: $25.31

There you have it, ten items you can give without overspending. I hope you enjoyed this post. Please give it a like and comment below what holiday gift ideas you have. 

Happy Holidays!!!

Summer-Sault Into Fall

Summer may be over, but it is still extremely warm here in Southern California. The only down side of living here is not being able to experience all four seasons. But the bright side is that the closer we get to winter time, the cooler the weather especially in the evenings. I can finally pull out my warm clothes, I have been dying to wear this warm overall dress which I purchased a few years ago in a small boutique store. I have seen similar styles in stores like Forever 21 and H&M as well. This dress is comfortable and casual yet still looks put together. I decided to wear it two different ways because it’s not overly heavy to wear during the warmer months. The first look I paired a pair of suede brown Vince Camuto lace-up sandals which I purchased at Nordstrom. The dress didn’t come with a belt, but I loved the cinched look at the waist so I added a belt that I previously owned. It is a very simple brown belt. My necklace is a choker like design made in a deep purple and green color glass from H&M. I thought it tied the look together very well.

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The second look is for the colder months. I added a black turtleneck underneath which I purchase from Forever 21 and my knee high boots are from Nordstrom rack and the brand is Catherine Malandrino. < em>Also comment below and tell me your favorite fall piece🍁

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Packing for Iceland

Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. Thankfully for the duration of my trip, I experienced sunny, pleasant weather, although the first two days after I landed, it was gloomy with random spurts of rain. I stayed in a very cute Bed and Breakfast in Selfoss and the evenings would get pretty cold. The trip itself consisted of many outdoor activities, such as hiking and a lot of walking so staying warm was vital. 

Wearing layers is extremely important. Not only are you warm, but you can also peel off a  layer to cool down. My basic, daily setup was thermal pants and shirt, warm sweater or plaid shirt and my outer jacket. My socks were warm enough to only wear one pair and my boots kept me nice and toasty as well.

Below I have listed exactly what I packed. I hope this list is helpful to you as well. Almost everything I purchased for this trip was from amazon.com to keep my cost low as Iceland is on the expensive side and I wanted to save for the activities there:)

  1. Warm, waterproof jacket: This is extremely important in case it rains, to protect from high winds and waterfall mist. 

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2. Several fleece-lined leggings: I would pack 3 to 4 pairs. i practically lived in mine. I brought only black ones, but next time I will include multi-colored ones. They are warm, soft and comfortable. 

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3. Fleece lined hat/Waterproof gloves: Keeping your head warm is extremely important. This hat I bought from amazon was super cute and warm. I plan on purchasing a few more for future trips.

~And this Swiss mocha was amazing by the way. Perfect end to a chilly hike :))~

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4. Thermal top and bottoms: Highly, highly recommend taking several pairs with you. They are thin, I layered them under my jeans and fleece leggings. I doubt I would have stayed warm enough if I had not taken these with me.

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5. Sweaters: Bring a few. No need to bring a lot, as you will already have plenty of layers. Also make sure they are at least partially wool or cashmere. Synthetics will not keep you as warm. 

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6. Swim suit: You do not want to miss the Blue Lagoon. It is relaxing and beautiful but you need a swim suit in order to get in :). This one I purchased from Target last summer. 

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7. Warm waterproof boots: You will most likely trek through mud and water and rain. Therefore a pair of sturdy warm boots is a must. I wore these Sorel boots almost every single day and never once had cold or wet feet. 

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8. Wool Socks: Must have to keep warm.

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9. Denim Jeans: Pack a few for those casual days when you walk around town or if you plan on checking out a few bars. The bar scene is very casual so jeans would be a perfect fit with a cute sweater or top. 

10. Camera Bag: Preferable waterproof as you DO NOT want to get you equipment wet. 

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Happy Travels everyone. I hope you enjoy Iceland as much as I did.

Comment below about your travel adventures 🙂

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